Heavy Snow Averted

By Jeffrey Goldblatt and Kim Vatis
|  Friday, Feb 25, 2011  |  Updated 7:35 PM CDT
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Chicago braced for another 5 inches of snow Thursday night, but thankfully, the expected deluge mostly missed us.

Light snow tapered off Friday morning and moved east out of the metro area and Northwest Indiana.  The flurries left behind an overcast, breezy day with chilly temperatures in the 30s and another possibility of light snow Friday evening.

It's crisis averted for a potentially nasty morning commute, but drivers should still be on the lookout for some slickened roads as the last bit of snow covers the ground.

The city was prepared Thursday with plow drivers on call and 174 trucks dispatched in case of a storm warning.

"We have trucks loaded and fueled and ready," Department of Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Thomas Byrne said Thursday, awaiting "one of most significant storms of the month (since the blizzard)."

Byrne said the city received a salt delivery Thursday and has been getting salt almost daily though the month. About 86,000 tons of salt was used in the first five days of February.

As for Chicagoans, they're done with the snow that still could break a 115-year-old snowfall record.

"I'm tired of it," resident Annie Araci said Thursday night.

"I want to live somewhere else," chimed in Theresa Varkapic.

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